ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Marvin Austin, Jr. just can't catch a break. After spending the first three years of his career bouncing around the league because of nagging injuries, he finally had a turnaround season in Denver last year. Things were looking up.
But he injured his groin early this summer and it prevented him from participating in training camp for the last couple of weeks. The prognosis must not have been good, because the Denver Broncos have placed him on season-ending injured reserve, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck.
Austin projected as the Broncos No. 2 nose guard, behind Sylvester Williams. Because of his injury, rookie sixth round pick Darius Kilgo leapfrogged him on the team's first depth chart. Now, with Austin gone, the onus is on Kilgo to step up and weather the rookie learning curve in a hurry.
Kilgo performed well in his first game action as a Bronco last week, notching four tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. Kilgo also possess the length and athleticism to play defensive end in the Broncos 3-4 defense. We'll get another big dose of Kilgo on Saturday in Houston. Sione Fua's prospects at making the team also dramatically improved with this roster move.
For Austin, it's a heartbreaking turn of events. Once considered to be a sure-fire first round pick, he fell to the New York Giants in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, because he was suspended for his entire senior year at North Carolina. The inability to stay healthy has cost his career mightily.
Alas, as the old saying goes, you can't make the club from the tub.
To replace Austin's roster spot, the Broncos were awarded former Utah Utes tight end Jake Murphy off of waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. Murphy is an atheltic player, dependable at catching the ball in short-to-intermediate routes, and is an above average blocker. He's not an explosive or highly developed route runner, however. A good developmental player. He is the son of former MLB National League MVP Dale Murphy.
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